E. Roosevelt Looks to Rebound

The Eleanor Roosevelt boys basketball team is always eager to play Oxon Hill. So when the two Prince George's County 4A league rivals met in the prestigious Kenner League final on Sunday afternoon at Georgetown's McDonough Arena, the Raiders looked forward not only to competing in a league final but also got a stern test against one of the county's best programs.

Eleanor Roosevelt didn't have enough to put away the Clippers, losing 83-73. But the Raiders came away with a good understanding of where they stood as a team.

"This was our chance to show everybody we are a good team," point guard Ahmez Hammock-El said. "We played a lot of good teams before we got to Oxon Hill [this summer]. This was just a good chance to see where we're at. And obviously, we're not there yet. I think we're going to be doing [well] once the season starts."

Senior forward Delonte Holland scored 24 points to earn most valuable player honors from Roosevelt, but said he did not play up to his potential. He also said that is what he and the team need to do consistently if the Raiders are to be recognized as one of the top teams in the county.

"We need to work hard so we can get that respect," Holland said. "We say in the locker room that we want respect. That means come out there showing our full capabilities."

Oxon Hill was led by senior center Michael Sweetney's 26 points and 19 rebounds. Sweetney, who has led the Clippers to the state 4A final the past two seasons, has committed verbally to play at Georgetown.

Eleanor Roosevelt did not shoot the ball particularly well against Oxon Hill, which led to numerous rebounding opportunities. The Raiders, who outrebounded the Clippers, 38-37, had 20 offensive rebounds. Forward Dami Olorontoba grabbed 12 rebounds, including eight offensive rebounds.

"We know where we are at today," Hammock-El said. "We know how far we have to get. By the time the season starts in the fall, we'll be there."

Colbert Sets Pace for Records

Eleanor Roosevelt track coach Larry Colbert was part of several record-breaking performances at the World Veterans Athletics championships that ended Aug. 8 in Gateshead, Md.

Colbert, 62, ran a 55.43-second split for his anchor leg of the winning U.S. 4x400-meter relay team that broke the world record for the 60-64 age group in 3 minutes 53.87 seconds. The old record was 3:58.43. Other members on the U.S. team were California's Martyn Adamson and Texas's Mack Stewart and Paul Johnson.

"It reminded me of Penn Relays and I could hear my teammates chanting 'U-S-A, U-S-A' and helped us pull off the world record," Colbert said. "I did not know I set the record until my teammates grabbed me on the track. They had me spinning around on the track and I could not even touch the track."

Colbert also ran the third leg on the 4x100 relay team that also broke the world record but finished second behind Germany. In the open 400, Colbert set an American record in 55.99 seconds.

CAPTION: E. Roosevelt's Delonte Holland shoots over Oxon Hill's Michael Sweetney in Kenner League final.